Learn to Dance the Jive

Learn the Jive

The Jive got its start during the energetic yet turbulent times of WWII. It’s a tamed-down version of wild, frenetic dances like the Jitterbug and Lindy Hop.

Having been involved in thousands of group classes over the past 10 years, we found that the Jive was challenging for beginners to learn because of the quick footwork involved. Rather than jumping right into triple rhythm, our program, which has proven to be highly successful, teaches this dance in two phases. First, we cover all the step patterns in Single-Rhythm Jive, which is fairly slow and easy to learn. Then we upgrade those figures you already know with Triple Rhythm. This not only makes it easier to grasp everything, but it gives you a fallback dance you can use when the music is too fast. You get two dances for the price of one!

In this video dance class that totals 90 minutes of instruction, you’ll learn the basic elements of Jive with a common group of figures that you can use to look great in any social dance setting. We give you enough technique that you can look polished quite easily.

Main Features

  • Designed with raw beginners in mind
  • Expert, step-by-step instruction for rapid learning
  • Two instructors show you each figure in detail
  • Detailed explanation of common mistakes to avoid
  • Learn how to combine steps to actually dance
  • Advanced information to upgrade your skill

Who is this course suited for?

  • Anyone learning for the very first time, with no dance experience
  • Those who have danced, maybe even for years, but with no formal training
  • Those who learned the Jive a long time ago and need a refresher

You’ll learn how to follow the music, the Jive hold (which is different from the other ballroom dances), then you’ll learn a variety of figures first in Single Rhythm timing and then in Triple Rhythm.

You can learn this dance with any shoes, or even in stocking feet if you like.
The Jive is a very compact dance, so it doesn't require a lot of space.
Although you'll need a partner to dance the Jive, you don't need one to learn the dance through this video program. We show you the figures from both the man's and lady's perspectives, so you can learn and practice without a partner.

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Video: 90 minutes
Level: Beginner

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